Garda Ombudsman uninterested in prison officer’s campaign of terror against ex-partners with cancer

The independent Garda guard is uninterested in the case of a member of the force who abused his position in a campaign of terror against his ex-partner who is suffering from cancer.

aul Moody was sentenced to three years and three months in prison for coercive measures against the woman, including assault, torture and threats.

He used the Pulse data system to search for information about his victim, her family and friends, and intercepted a complaint the woman made against him to his superiors.

He subjected her to verbal, physical, online, and telephone abuse.

Gardaí were called to the scene after Moody, who resigned this week, attacked the critically ill woman and a neighbor who called 999.

However, Gardaí only became aware of his actions after he filed a complaint against a relative of his ex.

Moody was eventually investigated, suspended and prosecuted, but the case has raised serious questions for An Garda Síochána.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is likely to be questioned about the matter during a police department meeting today.

I can confirm that this case is not subject to analysis, review or investigation by GSOC

The force conducts its own internal review of domestic violence cases involving its members.

However, the Garda Síochána (Gsoc) Ombudsman Commission is not interested in the case, despite the public concerns surrounding it.

“I can confirm that this case is not the subject of any analysis, review or investigation by GSOC,” a spokesman said.

The Ombudsman conducts investigations based on complaints, but can also open a public interest investigation without a complaint.

A Garda Síochána, the Police Department and the Minister of Justice can also refer matters to the Inspectorate.

The investigation into Moody began after the officer on duty filed a complaint about a relative of his victim.

He had his phone checked, but inquiries from Gardaí revealed the abusive relationship with the woman. Gardaí met her and she issued a 280-page statement.

Attorney General Helen McEntee said there were concerns that Moody’s behavior was going undetected within the force.

“I know people are asking why this hasn’t been reported sooner,” she said.


Attorney General Helen McEntee

Ms McEntee said when the seriousness of the case came to light a “clear, resolute position” was taken, with a thorough investigation and prosecution taking place.

“He’s not a member of the Garda anymore,” she added, but didn’t specify whether Moody quit or was fired.

“An Garda Síochána does not comment on internal disciplinary matters,” read a statement.

The force said an internal review of gender-based violence involving members is underway.

“An Garda Síochána can confirm that Paul Moody is no longer a member of An Garda Síochána. A Garda Síochána cannot comment on issues relating to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission,” said a spokesman.

“In early 2022, An Garda Síochána began an internal review from the perspective of gender-based violence/domestic incidents involving members of An Garda Síochána over a two-year period.

“This review is ongoing to ensure that An Garda Síochána provides a best practice response to all victims of gender-based violence, consistent with international experience, and that all victims can feel empowered and safe to report incidents of gender-based violence to An Garda Síochána .”

Moody threatened to blackmail friends of the victim with information he found on Pulse. When the victim called his Garda intercom to speak to his boss, Moody assigned a colleague to redirect the call to him. Garda Ombudsman uninterested in prison officer’s campaign of terror against ex-partners with cancer

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